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General Information

Cottey’s relationship with the P.E.O. Sisterhood has helped maintain a rigorous and focused educational program and facilities that rival larger, prestigious four-year liberal arts colleges and universities.

There are 36 full-time faculty members; more than 90 percent hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degrees in their fields. Cottey faculty, individually and in collaboration with students, regularly publish and present in national venues. The student to faculty ratio is 10:1.

Cottey Students

Cottey students demonstrate a great sense of ownership in their education and many students take advantage of the numerous leadership and internship opportunities available through the College.

Cottey Campus

Cottey’s attractive campus blends restored historic buildings and modern structures to provide high-quality academic arts, residential and recreational facilities. Highlights of campus include the outstanding residence halls, beautiful sculptures and gardens, and a dining room with food that’s second to none.

Housing in the residence halls at Cottey features apartment-style suites, each with bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and kitchenette.

Cottey College is located in Nevada, Missouri, 90 miles from Kansas City and two hours from Kansas City International Airport. Nevada is a city of approximately 8,300 residents, with another 12,663 in the surrounding Vernon County.

Cottey Sports

Cottey participates in intercollegiate basketball, volleyball, softball, track and cross country as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.


Typically Cottey students are from more than 40 states and as many as 26 countries. Students applying to Cottey College should possess a grade point average of 2.6 or higher and should have scored an ACT composite of 21 or better or an SAT composite of 970 or better. The College relies heavily on P.E.O.s referring academically sound students. Click here to refer a student.


For details on current tuition, room, board and fees, contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 1-888-5-COTTEY or visit the Cottey College website.

About 98 percent of Cottey students receive some type of financial aid based on need or merit. Types of financial aid include scholarships, grants, international student scholarships, loans and campus employment.

  • More than $5.8 million in financial aid was awarded to our students in 2012-2013.
  • The average financial aid package in 2011-2012 was $18,000 and in 2012-2013, $19,373 per student.

International Experience

Second-year students spend the first week of spring break in Europe for educational modules. Cottey pays travel and hotel expenses for the week. For more information, click here.

Cottey College Alumnae

If you're a Cottey College alumna who is interested in learning more about P.E.O. membership, please complete this interest form and we will send it to chapters in your community.

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